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How can I retrieve a copy of a document from the hard drive in the office copy machine?

It depends on what’s damaged, and depending on that, how much you’re willing to spend. First, have you tried reinstalling the drivers? Second, do you see the disk in Windows Disk Management? It will show connected physical disks even if the partition(s) on them are corrupted (which My Computer won’t do). If this is the case, it might be possible to recover the partition using testdisk (which is free, open source software). But be careful because improper use of testdisk could make the situation worse. Next, if there’s an issue with the USB-related electronics on the drive, you can take the drive out of its enclosure and install it inside your PC (it’s just a SATA drive with integrated electronics to allow it to connect via USB). Failing that, you could send it to a company that specializes in data recovery, but this is not cheap.

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If you’re lucky enough to have the drive in good condition without too many scratches or other damage due to regular use, you can use My Computer to read the partition contents again, and then use tools that have been described in this article. A full list of recovery tools is available here on the official Microsoft support website or in Windows Vista and Windows 7 user guides. Here, you’ll find an online version of these Windows operating system guides with links to Microsoft product and user guides in PDF format. Here, you're going to find links to free, online backup tools. A full listing of the websites supporting My Cloud Storage is here. If you’re looking for an easy way to make a backup of data stored on the drive, use the free, open source application, Windows Explorer. You will need access to a machine with a local copy of Windows to use this.

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